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Google Investigating Gmail Problems – PC Magazine

Android Headlines – Android News

Google Investigating Gmail Problems
PC Magazine
Having trouble with Gmail today? You're not alone. Google on Monday morning confirmed that its mail service is experiencing some technical difficulties. "We're investigating reports of an issue with Gmail," Google said in a note on its App Status Dashboard at …
Gmail for Android gains unified inbox viewZDNet
Gmail for Android gets All Inboxes view, threaded conversations for all accounts VentureBeat
Gmail For Android App Finally Embraces 'Unified Inbox View'STGIST
SlashGear -TechCrunch -Android Headlines – Android News
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Posted on 30 March 2015 | 9:22 pm

Apple, Salesforce CEOs Bash Indiana’s Controversial New Law – eWeek


Apple, Salesforce CEOs Bash Indiana's Controversial New Law
CEOs at Apple and Salesforce are the latest tech execs to take on the "religious freedom" law, which critics say allows discrimination against gays and lesbians. A new Indiana "religious freedom" law is under attack by some of the titans of the technology …
Apple CEO Tim Cook defends gay rightsFox News Latino
Tim Cook Needs to Do Some HomeworkBloomberg View
Apple CEO calls out Texas' LGBT discriminationSan Antonio Sun Times
RollingStone.com -TidBITS -Fox Business
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Posted on 30 March 2015 | 9:09 pm

HTC’s One E9+ ("A55") Unveiled, Packs Quad-HD; 1080p One E9 ("A53") Nears – DailyTech


HTC's One E9+ ("A55") Unveiled, Packs Quad-HD; 1080p One E9 ("A53") Nears
With a 5.5-inch display, the E9 Plus is bigger than the HTC One M9. It's big enough you could call it a phablet, although some will view it more as a "large smartphone". The star of the show is a new QHD screen. The body is a little less premium with a hybrid …
HTC quietly debuts One E9+ in China with 5.5-inch, Quad HD screenCNET
HTC One M9: Top 5 ImprovementsPhoneDog
HTC One E9+ Launched in China with Zero FanfareModern Readers
TechSpot -Phone Arena -Android Headlines – Android News
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Posted on 30 March 2015 | 8:28 pm

Amazon is testing its fleet of delivery drones in Canada – New York Daily News

New York Daily News

Amazon is testing its fleet of delivery drones in Canada
New York Daily News
Amazon, frustrated with the Federal Aviation Administration restrictions, is testing its fleet of delivery drones in a top-secret site in British Columbia, Canada. Amazon just won't take no for an answer. The giant online retailer, frustrated with Federal Aviation …
Amazon tests delivery drones at a secret site in Canada — here's whyCBC.ca
Amazon gets impatient, takes drone testing to CanadaFierceMobileIT
Amazon tests courier drones in Canada to avoid US hasslesEngadget
Financialbuzz.com -RT -CTV News
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Posted on 30 March 2015 | 8:24 pm

To buy an Apple Watch, make an appointment – Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science Monitor

To buy an Apple Watch, make an appointment
Christian Science Monitor
Customers looking to buy an Apple Watch will have to make an appointment and get a detailed demo complete with instructional videos and special display and try-on areas. Those are the details emerging in advance of the Apple Watch release date — April …
Apple Watch Edition Buyers Getting Luxury, White-Glove TreatmentInformationWeek
Gold Apple Watch Edition comes with a buying experience worthy of the 1%Ars Technica
Apple's Trade-In Program Now Includes Non-Apple Smartphones And PCsTechCrunch
ZDNet -TechRadar -iClarified
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Posted on 30 March 2015 | 8:00 pm

Adobe’s New Brainstorming App for Designers Is Here – Wired


Adobe's New Brainstorming App for Designers Is Here
Created by designer Khoi Vinh, along with the team at Adobe, Comp lets designers create layout mock ups on tablets. Adobe. Gallery Image. 3 / 6. The responsive drawing engine in Comp makes it possible for quick fingertip or stylus sketches to convert into …
Adobe debuts Comp CC for iPad, Facebook Messenger gets third-party hooks Apple Insider
Adobe Comp CC review: Quickly sketch out InDesign drafts on an iPadMacworld
New Adobe iPad App Wants to Rid Designers of Pencil, PaperPC Magazine
MarketWatch -The Verge -TechCrunch
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Posted on 30 March 2015 | 6:13 pm

US Coding Site GitHub Disrupted by Cyberattack – Voice of America

Voice of America

US Coding Site GitHub Disrupted by Cyberattack
Voice of America
NEW YORK—. U.S. coding site GitHub said it was deflecting most of the traffic from a days-long cyberattack that had caused intermittent outages for the social coding site, with The Wall Street Journal citing China as the source of the attack. "Eighty-seven …
Internet activists blame China for cyber-attack that brought down GitHubThe Guardian
GitHub DDoS Attack Spills Into Day 4Top Tech News
GitHub Suffers Massive Cyber Attack; Chinese Hackers SuspectedBidness ETC
BuzzFeed News -International Business Times
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Posted on 30 March 2015 | 4:18 pm

Gogoro’s electric scooter to debut in Taiwan – CNET


Gogoro's electric scooter to debut in Taiwan
Company picks Greater Taipei for the pilot run of its Smartscooter, noting the 1:1 ratio of scooters to people there. by Don Reisinger · @donreisinger; 30 March 2015 4:29 pm BST. comments. 0. facebook. twitter. linkedin. googleplus. more. more +. email.
Smart scooter firm plans Taipei debutTaipei Times
Gogoro to Test Its Electric Scooter and Charging Network in Taipei This SummerRe/code
E-Scooters with swappable batteries will land in Taipei this summerEngadget
Focus Taiwan News Channel -Wired -TechCrunch
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Posted on 30 March 2015 | 3:54 pm

Mercury has been ‘painted black’ by comet dust over billions of years – International Business Times UK

International Business Times UK

Mercury has been 'painted black' by comet dust over billions of years
International Business Times UK
NASA cosmos images This colorful view of Mercury was produced using images from the colour base map imaging campaign during MESSENGER's primary mission. NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of …

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Posted on 30 March 2015 | 3:01 pm

Sony Unveils Spotify on PlayStation: ‘Much Better’ Than Its Failed Music App – NBCNews.com


Sony Unveils Spotify on PlayStation: 'Much Better' Than Its Failed Music App
Sometimes, it's better to leave things to the experts. That's what Sony learned in trying to build its own streaming-music service: After four difficult years, the company announced in January it would shutter its Music Unlimited app, and instead partner with the …
Spotify Launches Exclusively on PlayStation, For Nown3rdabl3
Spotify music for Playstation usersBelfast Telegraph
PlayStation gets Spotify, replacing Sony's own music serviceEconomic Times

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Posted on 30 March 2015 | 1:06 pm

Tech News Headlines – Yahoo News

China’s Alibaba signs digital distribution deal with music rights group BMG

Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma poses for media while touring the CeBIT trade fair in HanoverGermany's BMG music rights company said on Monday it had signed a music digital distribution deal with China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd , as the world's largest e-commerce firm firms up its bid to become a digital media empire. The deal, one of the first in China made by a major music publisher rather than a label, will bring more than 2.5 million copyrights to Alibaba, whose music platforms already had many of the songs from artists including Kylie Minogue, the Rolling Stones and Jean-Michael Jarre, an Alibaba spokeswoman said. Alibaba has set its eyes on becoming an online-media powerhouse, with music, film and television.

Posted on 30 March 2015 | 11:05 am

Former U.S. agents charged for bitcoin theft during Silk Road probe

Bitcoin (virtual currency) coins are seen in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in ParisThe U.S. Justice Department announced charges on Monday against two former federal agents accused of stealing the digital currency bitcoin during the investigation of the underground drug marketplace Silk Road. Carl Force, a former Drug Enforcement Administration agent, and Shaun Bridges, a special agent with the Secret Service, were charged in a criminal complaint filed in San Francisco federal court with offenses including wire fraud and money laundering.

Posted on 30 March 2015 | 9:14 pm

Bionic ants could be tomorrow’s factory workers

By Amy Pollock Robotic ants the size of a human hand that work together could be the future of factory production systems. The developers, German technology firm Festo, say it’s not just the unusual anatomy of real-world ants that inspired the bionic version – the collective intelligence of an ant colony was also something they wanted to replicate. Festo says that in the future production systems will be based on intelligent individual components that adjust themselves to different production demands by communicating with each other.

Posted on 30 March 2015 | 5:23 pm

Tesla CEO Musk’s upbeat tweets about China boost stock

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk talks at the Automotive World News Congress at the Renaissance Center in DetroitBy Paul Lienert DETROIT (Reuters) – Elon Musk, the widely followed chief executive of electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc, tweeted several optimistic statements about the company's sagging China operations on Monday, sparking a sharp rebound the company's stock. On his Twitter feed around midday, Musk said that he was "very optimistic about Tesla's long-term future in China, despite our earlier mistakes." He also tweeted that he visited Chinese President Xi Jinping and other government officials and expressed "great faith" in Tesla's embattled team in China. The company's stock has been battered this year by investors concerned about the automaker's failure to hit sales targets in China and the departures last year of two top Tesla executives in that country. "We'll fix the China issue and be in pretty good shape probably in the middle of the year," Musk said at the time.

Posted on 30 March 2015 | 6:50 pm

German firms embrace start-ups to catch up with digital world

By Caroline Copley DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) – Latecomers to the digital age, big German companies have started teaming up with start-ups to shake up their conservative business culture and keep pace with a world increasingly dominated by nimble tech giants. More than half of the firms on Germany’s blue-chip DAX index trace their roots back to the 19th century or earlier. German companies are the engine of Europe’s biggest economy, which is the financial bedrock of the euro zone. Mindful of the danger, companies such Metro, Bayer, Evonik, Merck KGaA and Deutsche Telekom are now investing in start-ups – seeking to gain digital expertise, as well as to embrace newcomers whose innovations could represent threats to their own businesses.

Posted on 30 March 2015 | 12:16 pm

Jack Lew to discuss China technology policy, urges market reforms

Lew meets Wang in BeijingTreasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Monday he would discuss with the Chinese government recent technology policy moves that Washington has complained constitute unfair regulatory pressure on foreign firms. China said earlier this month work was ongoing on a draft anti-terrorism law that would require foreign companies to hand over encryption keys and otherwise facilitate Beijing's ability to bypass security measures, despite U.S. protests. "We have already made clear our concerns regarding forced technology transfer and other attempts to bar technological competition, most recently in the banking sector, and I look forward to further discussion today," Lew said, in remarks made during a meeting with Vice Premier Wang Yang in Beijing. President Barack Obama said he had raised the issue directly with China's President Xi Jinping, but Beijing denied U.S. statements that the law had then been put on hold.

Posted on 30 March 2015 | 9:53 am

The Walking Dead’s 3rd and 4th seasons get remade into awesome 8-bit video games

After recreating the first two The Walking Dead seasons in the form of an old-timey 8-bit game, CineFix is back with a similar video on YouTube that features the main events from the third and fourth seasons of AMC’s popular zombie show. As always, be aware that these videos contain spoilers before watching them. DON’T MISS: Meerkat is dying – and it’s taking U.S. tech journalism with it Various events are depicted in glorious 8-bit fashion, including the occupation of the prison, the birth of Rick’s Daughter, Andrea and Michonne’s adventures in the woods, or the encounters with Merle and the governor. Obviously, the attacks on the prison are also present in the animation, and so are the many zombies you expect to see in The Walking

Posted on 30 March 2015 | 9:34 pm

Jay Z relaunches Tidal with music’s biggest artists as his co-owners

Jay Z relaunches Tidal with music's biggest artists as his co-ownersAt a press conference in New York City this afternoon, Jay Z and a huge group of musical stars took the stage to officially relaunch TIDAL, the streaming music service he recently acquired as part of a $56 million deal. Coldplay, Rihanna, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Calvin Harris, Drake, Usher, Arcade Fire, Deadmau5, and Beyoncé joined Jay Z in the owners circle. The unspoken enemies are services like Spotify that offer streaming music for free, supported by advertising.

Posted on 30 March 2015 | 9:18 pm

Jay Z’s version of Tidal is an artist-owned streaming service

Jay Z's version of Tidal is an artist-owned streaming service

Posted on 30 March 2015 | 9:16 pm

The feds want Reddit to rat on its dark web forum members

The feds want Reddit to rat on its dark web forum membersThe dark web marketplace abruptly disappeared — along with users' bitcoin — earlier this month, but there are new indications that law enforcement is looking into what happened. Wired reports that the Baltimore Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement has subpoenaed Reddit for information on five users of Reddit's r/darknetmarkets, all of whom discussed the fall of Evolution. The subpoena, according to Wired, requests potentially identifying information, such as the IP addresses of the users. It wouldn't be a surprise if law enforcement were interested in Evolution.

Posted on 30 March 2015 | 9:14 pm